The Kentucky Home Birth Coalition is a consumer led grass-roots organization working to license Certified Professional Midwives (CPM) in Kentucky.
We pursue this goal in order to:
- ensure the health and well-being of Kentucky families that choose out-of-hospital birth
- expand access to the evidence-based, quality maternity care provided by CPMs
- protect the rights of Kentucky women to choose their place of birth and birth attendants
- support all midwives as autonomous care providers in all settings
Kentucky Home Birth Coalition Contact Information
For interviews, regional liaison contacts, and other media inquiries, please contact:
Mary Kathryn DeLodder, Steering Committee Member
The Kentucky Home Birth Coalition is happy to provide photos from Kentucky home births to accompany your story.
Links & Media Coverage
- US Midwifery Education, Regulation, & Association
SB 134 – An Act Relating to Midwifery
Birth and Midwifery in Kentucky
- More than 500 families a year have home births in Kentucky. According to the CDC, home births in Kentucky grew from 0.90% in 2009 to 1.2% in 2013.
- In 2010, the average cost of an uncomplicated vaginal hospital birth in Kentucky of an exceeded $7,200; an uncomplicated cesarean birth cost over $11,000. The Kentucky c-section rate in 2013 was 37.3%. A midwife-attended home birth in Kentucky costs from $3,000 to $6,000. 44% of Kentucky’s births are financed by Medicaid.
- Midwifery care lowers healthcare costs by appropriate use of expensive technology and reducing cesarean rates. Home birth creates cost savings for everyone.
- Kentucky issued “permits” to midwives from the 50’s until 1975, when regulation was amended so that no new permits would be issued. It has remained this way since, resulting in a huge decrease in midwives providing home services. Although nurse-midwives are licensed in Kentucky, they almost exclusively practice in hospitals, with only 5 in the entire state known to attend home births.
- 76 of Kentucky’s 120 counties have no OB/GYNs, and the number retiring will soon equal the number of resident graduates. Midwives bring maternity care to rural and under-served areas.
Certified Professional Midwives (CPM)
- CPMs are nationally credentialed primary maternity care providers.
- CPMs are the only maternity care provider specifically trained to attend births outside the hospital.
- CPMs are trained to provide health-promoting and preventative care that is evidence based and avoids unnecessary use of drugs and interventions.
- 30 states recognize CPMs, including our neighbors Tennessee, Missouri, Virginia, & Indiana.
The Impact of SB 134
- Both bills use the CPM credential with the US MERA agreement as criteria for licensure. US MERA is a collaboration of the major national organizations representing education, regulation/certification, and professional association for midwifery which has set agreed upon educational minimums for states creating new laws to license for CPMs.
- SB 134 define the scope of practice using nationally accepted professional standards.
- Under SB 134, a Board of Midwifery will be tasked with writing regulations and overseeing applications, setting peer review standards, and creating a public complaint process
- SB 134 would allow CPMs to obtain and administer emergency medications appropriate for safe birth, ultrasounds, and appropriate lab testing.
- Licensing CPMs in Kentucky advances public health and safety as it ensures that families who choose out-of-hospital birth will have access to trained and qualified care providers and increases access to care in rural areas.
- By allowing all prenatal care providers work together in the best interest of mothers and babies, licensing CPMs provides safer maternity care for all Kentucky families.
www.kentuckyhomebirthcoalition.com - (502) 465-5422 - email@example.com